Charlotte, NC- When a person enters a North Carolina nursing home one of the many things they must do is give the facility and administrators instructions on how to properly care for the resident. These instructions are called care plans and details a resident medical history, lists the medications they take, their disabilities, whether they suffer from any form of dementia and what steps a facility should take should they reach the end of their life.

These care plans are drafted with input from the resident’s doctors, nursing home staff, and a resident’s family members and covers all then important aspects pertaining to a resident’s health and their treatment while at the facility.

Care plans can include instructions on how to move a patient, what foods and liquids they are allowed to consume and whether they want staff to resuscitate a patient. Care plans can be extremely detailed and the instructions can mean the difference between a serious injury or death for a patient.

There have been too recent cases where the staff of a nursing home either ignored or were unaware of a resident’s care plan and caused then to suffer as a result. One involved a New York woman whose care plan specifically stated that two staff members should be present when she had to be moved with a mechanical lift. A staff member however ignored the patient’s care plan and moved her without assistance, as a result the elderly quadriplegic woman fell from a mechanical lift and suffered a laceration to her head, a fractured knee and bruises to her legs and buttocks.

In another incident, a Florida nursing home resident who had “Do Not Resuscitate” orders in his care plan was revived by the facility’s staff. Staff members used a defibrillator and performed CPR on him. He was rushed to the hospital and was put into intensive care. The facility ignored his end-of-life wishes and he continued to suffer as a result.

Ignoring or failing to follow a nursing home resident’s care plan is not only illegal, it’s negligent and a nursing home or other long-term care facility can be held liable. Not following a care plan can cause medical issues and some cases hasten a resident’s death. If a facility has not followed or ignored a resident’s care plan and that person has suffered as a result, a North Carolina nursing home abuse attorney can help that resident seek compensation for their pain and suffering.

Nursing home neglect can take many forms, and refusing to follow a resident’s care plan is just one of many forms of neglect an elderly person can face in a facility. Other forms of neglect can include not assisting a patient with their incontinence care, failing to move them regularly so bedsores don’t develop and administering medications incorrectly. These are just a few examples of the type of neglect nursing home residents are subjected to. Whether an elderly loved one has been abused or neglected, a Charlotte nursing home abuse attorney will devote their knowledge and skills to get justice on behalf of their client.